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BUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT NEWS RELEASE
Pinedale Field Office
 
Release Date: 05/21/14
Contacts: Shelley Gregory    
  307-315-0612    

BLM Pinedale Seeks Public Comments on Sublette Mule Deer Mitigation Plan; Public Meeting Scheduled


The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Pinedale Field Office, in coordination with the Pinedale Anticline Project Office (PAPO), is seeking public comments on the environmental assessment (EA) for the proposed Sublette Mule Deer Mitigation Plan.

The plan is a joint proposal of the BLM, the PAPO and the Wyoming Game and Fish Department in response to the decline of the mule deer population on the Mesa winter range near Pinedale, Wyo. The plan would improve the quantity and quality of habitat in the Sublette Mule Deer Herd Unit with focus on the Ryegrass, Soapholes and Mesa areas by treating 4,183 acres over a period of four years. Mechanical treatments would use a Lawson Aerator or Dixie Harrow and herbicide treatments would use Tebuthiuron. Prescribed burning, fencing, shrub planting, drill seeding, the development of water sources and the application of Bentonite to reservoirs would also be used to enhance habitat.

The preliminary EA is available for public review at www.blm.gov/wy/st/en/info/NEPA/documents/pfo/sublette.html. A hard copy is available by calling 307-367-5300 no later than May 27.

A public meeting has been scheduled to provide information on the proposed plan and collect comments. It will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. on May 28 at the BLM Pinedale Field Office, 1625 W. Pine St. in Pinedale.

Public participation is essential to the EA process. Written, substantive comments identifying specific issues, concerns, ideas or mitigation opportunities should be emailed to wloewen@blm.gov with “Sublette Plan Comment” in the subject line; faxed to 307-367-5329; or mailed or delivered to the BLM, Attn: Walt Loewen, P.O. Box 768, 1625 W. Pine St., Pinedale WY 82941. Comments must be received by June 20. The BLM will make a decision on the proposal after public comments are reviewed and incorporated into the EA.

Before including your address, phone number, e-mail address, or other personal identifying information in your comment, you should be aware that your entire comment – including your personal identifying information – may be made publicly available at any time. While you may ask us in your comment to withhold your personal identifying information from public review, we cannot guarantee that we will be able to do so.

For more information, please contact Walt Loewen at 307-367-5388.



The BLM manages more than 245 million acres of public land, the most of any Federal agency. This land, known as the National System of Public Lands, is primarily located in 12 Western states, including Alaska. The BLM also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. The BLM's mission is to manage and conserve the public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations under our mandate of multiple-use and sustained yield. In Fiscal Year 2013, the BLM generated $4.7 billion in receipts from public lands.
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Last updated: 05-21-2014